“Let us learn from Paul the lesson of a dauntless faith.
“Far too many people have only fair-weather faith, but no faith for stormy weather. They build their ship of Christian faith only for smooth seas and clear skies; then, when the tempest rises on the sea of life, the poor vessel goes to pieces and sinks despairingly in the waves.
“It may be asked why love is superior even to faith, as Paul teaches in his great Corinthian chapter. There are fundamental reasons: First, love is the result of faith; second, faith is only a means, while love is an end in itself.
“According to Christ’s estimate, one individual is of unspeakable value.
“‘I say unto you, likewise, joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons who need no repentance.
“There is no need for Protestants to be stampeded into making a choice between the power of the Pope [Fascism] and the power of Russia [Communism]. Protestants have in their possession a power greater than both of these combined, namely, the very power of God in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Brian Shilavy writes the following:
“The heart of idolatry is looking to sources outside of God for our basic needs and desires in life. The idol is an attempt to explain life apart from God, our Creator.
“Our churches “teach that one Holy Church is to continue forever.” They are confident that Christ has established His kingdom upon earth, which is an everlasting kingdom, against which the gates of hell shall not prevail.
“One thing more our text mentions as needful, that we be “strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and long-suffering with joyfulness.”
“They are wonderful words.